Eminem’s Meteoric Rise: From 8 Mile to Top 10 Best-Selling Artist

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Eminem’s Unstoppable Climb

Guess who’s back, back again? It’s Eminem, and he’s not just back with a new album or a fiery freestyle. The rap god from Detroit is now officially among the top 10 highest-selling artists ever. That’s right, folks. Slim Shady’s career, which has been nothing short of legendary, has now entered its third decade, and he’s still breaking records.

According to the folks at ChartMasters, Eminem has surpassed the iconic Led Zeppelin, securing his spot at No. 10 with a whopping 207,262,000 total sales. And if you’re wondering, this impressive number combines album sales, singles, and streaming data.

The Rap King Among Rock Legends

While the top 10 list is adorned with musical legends, Eminem is the only rapper in the top 40. With artists like Drake trailing behind at No. 41 and Kanye West and 2Pac further down the list, it’s clear that Eminem’s impact on hip-hop is unparalleled.

Now, for a little trip down memory lane: Eminem, born Marshall Mathers, emerged from the gritty streets of Detroit and quickly became a global sensation. His albums, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show earned him diamond certifications and set records for the largest first-week sales figures in rap history.

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Shady’s Shining Achievements

Last year, Eminem added another feather to his cap by becoming the most certified artist in RIAA history. With 227.5 million gold and platinum certifications, he’s clearly in a league of his own. And let’s not forget his six diamond certifications, including hits like “Lose Yourself” and “Not Afraid.”

However, the rap landscape is ever-evolving. While Eminem holds many records, Drake did manage to surpass him in single sales. But hey, records are meant to be broken, right?

In Conclusion

While The Beatles still reign supreme on the sales chart, Eminem’s journey from the battle rap scenes of 8 Mile to global stardom is nothing short of inspiring. And as he continues to drop beats and break records, one thing’s certain: Slim Shady’s legacy is set in stone.

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